Having recovered from wounds received in a failed rescue operation, Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father -- a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids' house.
A spaceship shaped like a human lands face first on Liberty Island. Its crew (of tiny, intelligent, and unemotional beings) is looking for an orb sent from its planet to extract the oceans' salt, which will ruin Earth. The orb is in the possession of Josh, the fifth-grade son of a single mom whose car strikes the ambulatory alien spaceship and cripples its power supply. The crew has 48 hours to recover the orb, throw it in the Atlantic, and leave Earth. Over the course of two days, the ship's crew experiences chaos and emotion in New York. Do Earth's giants - Josh and his mom - have anything to teach these brainy aliens? Meanwhile, mutiny is afoot and the cops are closing in.Written by
To promote the movie, the studio put a big Eddie Murphy head on a trolly to tour the US. Gabrielle Union was aboard, popping out of the ear from time to time, reassuring people and saying "You have nothing to fear from the Giant Eddie Murphy Head, for He is a merciful Giant Eddie Murphy Head," See more »
When Dave notices the photograph of the Orb he picks it up to examine it, however, the internal view screen shows the photograph still sitting on the shelf. See more »
Department of Defense worker:
Dude, dude...no, I was like..."Yes, we *do* have nuclear missiles", and he was all like "No, you don't", and I was all like "Yes, we do." "Whatever." And I was like "Well, what part of 'whatever' do you not get?"
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(This Is) A Song for the Lonely
Written by Paul Barry, Mark Taylor and Steve Torch (as Steven Torch)
Performed by Cher
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From the outset, you know this is not going to change your life.
So you expect a reasonably well made family comedy which will give you 90 minutes of entertainment, a few good laughs, and that's it.
I DID laugh, especially in the first half, with Eddie Murphy delivering a sincere and funny performance. The film reminded me a lot of MIB (especially with the little alien in the artificial body) but I do admit that after the first half, I started checking how long was left, and not laughing any more.
That's because you need to end the film, you see. And the writers had a funny idea to start with, and no clue on how to close the script (did they write the script as the shooting was going on? It really looks like it).
Of course if I were 7 years old, I probably would not care much - but as a grown up paying for the seats, I do. I will watch the first half again with pleasure when it's on TV, but I would not recommend paying to see it.
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